Health Care Reform

In 2010, former President Obama signed into law the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This legislation, along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, made sweeping changes to the U.S. health care system. The current administration has taken steps to repeal and replace parts of the ACA, leaving employers in limbo between current law and pending new regulations.

Higginbotham is committed to providing frequent updates on health care reform activity so you can plan accordingly and remain in compliance. Check back here often for the most recent legislative changes.

 

Leading News

On May 4, 2017, members of the House took first steps toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While the majority of the AHCA deals with individual markets and Medicare, there are provisions that will affect employers if the bill becomes law. In particular, the AHCA would reduce the penalties imposed under the Individual and Employer Mandates to zero beginning in 2016, effectively repealing both (although they would technically still exist). Click the link below to learn more.

 

Recent Activity

May 4, 2017—House passes American Health Care Act
Mar 24, 2017—Republicans abandon vote on ACA replacement
Mar 8, 2017—GOP unveils bills repealing and replacing ACA
Feb 16, 2017—ACA and Medicare reports due soon
Jan 23, 2017—Trump signs executive order on the ACA
Nov 23, 2016—FLSA overtime rule blocked by federal judge
Nov 21, 2016—ACA reporting delayed
Nov 10, 2016—Presidential election impact on compliance issues
Oct 25, 2016—Reinsurance fee counts due Nov 15, 2016
Oct 4, 2016—Final forms for ACA reporting released
Sep 27, 2016—Medicare Part D notices due Oct 15, 2016
Jul 5, 2016—PCORI fees due Aug 1, 2016
Jun 27, 2016—ACA electronic reporting due Jun 30, 2016
May 12, 2016—Reminder of 2016 ACA reporting deadlines